Thursday, January 11, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic-controlled House Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures.
But the 253-174 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn President Bush's promised veto, despite gains made by supporters in the November elections. Bush vetoed identical legislation last year and the White House on Thursday promised he would veto it again.
The White House said the bill -- the third bill of the Democrats' first 100 hours agenda to pass the House -- ''would use federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research.''
At stake was whether research on cells taken from human embryos -- considered by scientists to be the most promising approach to developing potential treatments or cures for dozens of diseases -- should be underwritten with taxpayer funds.
Too bad that embryonic stem cell research has yielded no results and probably never will. The point is, some people think it's promising, so we have to do it.